This is a great book! Not quite as good as his second book (Between 2 Fires) but seriously head and shoulders above most of the horror that is out there. The story moves along a little slow at first, but then then the menacing tone starts and the dread builds. However, when the mystery is revealed things unwind a bit and I started to see bad decisions that could have avoided the tragedies that unfolded. The story lingers a little longer than I wanted but the ending ties all subplots together and gives a nice sense of forboding and mystery for things to come. I also really like the way the author told this story in first person as if he is telling you how things happened in the past. He uses this to forshadow things to great effect. Finally, I liked how Buehlman spared the southern characters from some of the typical stereotypes used by other authors. This is a good story and short enough to listen to in a day or two.
Buehlman's novel is subtle leading you up to an interesting finale. Imagine your worst fears made trivial by a terror that exceeds your imagination.
I absolutely loved this story!
The characters have great duality and the era is an interesting one- post WWI.
The only negative I can report is the technical editing of the audio. The last word of of the last sentence in each chapter is clipped. I think the recording studio should be notified. You do understand what is being said -it is just my opinion that this causes a sense of abruptness the story would do better without.
Loyal member since 1998
It has been a long time since any audio-book has kept my wife and me mesmerized. We listened to the entire story straight though and I must say it was fantastic. The author does a superb job of foreshadowing, letting the listener know something is terribly evil in the woods across the river. Buehlman, as the author, does not say anything directly about the woods across the river. Frank questions various members of a group of people he has become friends with. None of them want to speak of the woods and this leads Frank to investigate the forest on his on. Then we slowly learn of unspeakable horrors through Franks obsession about the forest. The town has always released hogs into those woods, with each farm rotating the release's. Frank is puzzled by this ritual, but can learn nothing about why the town makes these sacrifices. Once the town decides not to make it's yearly sacrifice of pigs the arc of the story soars and the listener is pulled into an appalling nightmare.
I think the author did a great job of capturing the feel of the depression era as well as the small town setting for the story. The relationship between the two main characters was well defined and engrossing.
The deep timber and slow delivery, suggestive of a southern drawl helped define the story line. The narrator did a very nice job with the southern accents.
As mentioned, this book had glitches, The sudden dropping out was jangling considering the intensity of the dialogue. Good story, well written, didn't want to stop listening!
I won't spoil what sub-genre this falls into, but I will say Buehlman did a great job with some incredible literary chops. I love stories set in the Depression anyway.
this was an amazingly complex and enthralling story. Well performed. Will be considered one of the favorites.
Avid reader all of my life! Favorite author is Stephen King! Favorite book is Hyperion-read/listen to it!
I like Christopher Buehlman because of his vivid and descriptive prose. He's a natural for building a very believable environment. I highly recommend his other book: Between Two Fires. This story - Those Across The River - expertly ratchets up the dread and horror. That being said, I was a bit disappointed with what those across the river turned out to be, but that's a minor quibble.
The narration is well done, except the sound recording seemed to have a persistent glitch. Towards the end of some chapters, it's like the final word gets partially cut off. It's frequent enough to be irksome.
Still, I definitely recommend this book.
Surprising, entertaining, interesting.
Have not listened to any other
I really had no idea what was 'across the river' until midbook. It was surprising and not the type of book I would have chosen but I really enjoyed it and it kept me spellbound to find out the end.
This book had a few great twists and turns that kept me entertained through to the very end. Wonderfully narrated, eerie, and unexpected. I can't give enough praise to Mark Bramhall for his ability to perfectly capture every character with their own specific accent. Well done, all around.
I did notice quite frequent skips in the recording itself - I just thought I'd mention that to anyone out there wondering if there's something wrong with their media player...
This book took me a while to get into. The narrator did a great job with some of the characters making them quite memorable. The story itself was just ok for me but that is largely because I don't care for werewolves. Still, the characters were great and kept my interest through the end. I would recommend to those who like a good werewolf story.